Hands-On Wednesday: Coin Tower

What happens when you use a dinner knife to swipe at the bottom of a coin tower? Do all the coins topple, or could you safely remove each coin one after the other? Check out this cool experiment to see how taking away friction allows you to keep the coins stacked as you swipe. Test your skills and see how many coins you could remove without the tower falling over!

Austin, TX – WeatherFest

In partnership with Spectrum News and the Bullock Texas State History Museum, we are excited to present WeatherFest. Enjoy hands-on experiments, weather-related films and panels, meet your favorite local meteorologist, and more!

Families will have the opportunity to engineer weather binoculars for cloud viewing, understand the power of air pressure by exploring Bernoulli’s principle, harness the wind to fly a paper kite, discover the wonders behind InstaSnow, and more family-friendly activities!

Austin, TX – Starry Nights @ Girlstart

Thursday, February 1, 2018
Featuring Ancient Chinese Legend Star Shows

Girlstart’s STEM Studio and Mini-Planetarium is a unique space for families to explore astronomy! Starry Nights are held the 1st Thursday of every month (except January, June, July and August), with each month featuring a new astronomy experience and related hands-on activities. All ages are welcome to stop by any time between 5:30pm and 7:00pm.

Hands-on activities include:

– Make a Chinese New Year lantern
– Explore legendary dragons and reptile adaptations
– Engineer a Chinese multi-tiered pagoda tower
– Build a flying bamboo dragonfly toy

Additional activities and resources from our friends at the Austin Astronomical Society